How Do I Get iPhone to Read Text?

Posted July 27, 2016 by Leomar Umpad in Apple iPhone

Make iPhone Read Texts

Your iPhone can read the text that appears on your screen. This can be helpful for the visually impaired or for people who find it difficult to read their iPhone’s screens. With a quick gesture, iPhone will speak the words found in your email messages, pages, books, and iMessages. You no longer need to look at the screen to read the news or get your girlfriend’s email messages. The feature even lets you adjust the speaker’s voice, language, and speech rate. I know you are interested. This tutorial will guide you through the steps you need to get started.

How to Get iPhone to Read Text Out Loud

To stop reading the screen and start listening to your iPhone, follow these steps:

1.Press the Home button once to get to your Home screen.iPhone Home screen
2.From the Home screen, access Settings.iPhone Settings on Home screen
3.Under Settings, open the General options.iPhone - Settings - General
4.In the General options page, open Accessibility.iphone Settings General Accessibility
5.Under the Vision tab of Accessibility, tap on Speech.iphone Settings General Accessibility Speech
6.Tap on the switch for Speak Screen to activate the feature. A green icon means that Speak Screen is enabled. iphone Settings General Accessibility Speech Speak screen disabled
7.You have just enabled Speak Screen on your device. You can now hear your phone speak the content on your screen upon demand.iphone Settings General Accessibility Speech Speak screen enabled. png
8.To hear your iPhone read the text that appears on the screen, do a two-finger scroll down from the top-most portion of your screen.iphone pull down screen using two fingers. png
9.Your phone will start reading all the text on your iPhone’s screen. You can use the rewind, forward, pause/play button as you would with any audio player.iphone Speak Text Control

How to Get iPhone to Read Aloud Specific Words on the Screen

Instead of reading the whole text on the screen, iPhone can read out loud specific words that you select.

1.Go to the Speech page from the Accessibility option on your iPhone’s General Settings.iphone Settings General Accessibility Speech
2.Tap on the switch button for Speak Selection.iphone Speak Selection
3.Once the toggle switch turns green, the feature is already enabled.iphone Speak Selection ON
4.Go to a website, email message, or iMessage. iPhone - Safari - Website
5.Select a word or a group of words.iphone select words
6.Tap on the Speak option. Your iPhone will now read the selected words aloud. iphone select words Speak
7.You can tap on the Pause option to pause the audio.iphone select words Pause
8.You are done.

 

Other Speech Settings

These are the Speech settings that you can adjust to your preference:

1.Tap on Voices to change the language of the iPhone’s speech.iphone settings Speech rate
2.Adjust the speech rate by using the Speaking Rate adjustment button.iphone settings Voices
3.Highlight content as it is spoken by switching on the feature.iphone settings Highlight Content
4.Automatically make auto-corrections and auto-capitaliztions by turning on the Speak Auto-Text option.iphone settings Speak Auto Text

That’s it. Setting up your iPhone to read the text that appears on your screen has never been easier. Now, you can just sit back, relax, and listen to your phone reading the morning news to you. If you are having problems with any of the steps outlined above, let me know in the comments section. I would be glad to help you.

 

About Leomar Umpad

A supply chain operations manager by profession. A technology-lover and a writer by heart. I have the passion to teach and inform.
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